Stevenson upbeat over recovery

17 April 2012 / 16:28

Sarah Stevenson feels "all is going well" in her rehabilitation from a serious knee injury as she bids to "smash it" when she fights for Great Britain at the Olympics.

Doncaster-born Stevenson - the current world champion and a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games - underwent surgery in February to repair cruciate ligament damage sustained at a training camp in Mexico.

The 29-year-old will miss the forthcoming European Championships in Manchester, but has until the end of May to prove her fitness ahead of the final selection for the London team, which will have four fighters: two men and two women.

Stevenson overcame great personal difficulties by claiming her world title in Korea last year despite both parents battling serious illness, a fight they eventually lost, and is in a positive frame of mind as she targets success this summer.

"It has been pretty intense rehab since (the operation), but I am doing really well now, nearly back training so all is going well. I just have to keep going a bit longer," Stevenson told BBC Sport.

"Winning the world championships last year kind of took the pressure off a bit, but obviously I want to win Olympic gold, which would finish off my collection of medals."

Stevenson hopes to again draw strength from her personal tragedy if she recovers in time to make selection for the London Team GB squad.

"My parents were suffering with cancer when I was in Korea, and it was awful to leave them, but they wanted me to go," she added. "I thought 'just go for it, because it can't be worse than what is waiting at home' which is why I can put the Olympics into perspective.

"There are so many more things worth living for than just a competition.

"I am going to go to London and try to smash it, to go for it, and not care what happens, well, that is the plan anyway."